FG Plans Renewable Energy For Rural Communities

Yemi-Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said Federal Government would provide renewable source of power to at least one million households in rural communities not connected to the national grid.

He gave the assurance during the Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundatable organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology in conjunction with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Recalling how a rural Wuna village in Gwagwalada local government area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which was unconnected to the national grid, got power through renewable energy initiative by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), the acting President said the government through the Rural Electrification Agency is developing an energy database that would show community locations and energy demand profiles, which in turn would save Solar Home System / Solar Mini grid providers time and money.

The success story of Wuna Village, where the inhabitants now have running water, with each home having four points of lights, and many women processing their millets with solar powered light, he said, would soon be replicated in over one million rural settlements across the country.

He said: “We are doing 20,000  more homes in this first phase of this exercise and a Pay-as-you-go system to 20,000 households to provide access to lighting and electric power for small devices. The plan is to expand the Solar Home System program to one million households, creating a few more million jobs.

“The Federal government through the Rural Electrification Agency is developing an energy database that would show community locations and energy demand profiles, which in turn saves Solar Home System / Solar Mini grid providers time and money because we have already identified the communities beforehand.

“We are also championing the use of mobile money for solar home system payments.

“The Wuna home solar project is an example of how we can creatively and aggressively provide power to our people by this pragmatic approach to our energy mix.

“We are convinced that renewable energy probably offers us the most sustainable means of increasing energy access to those who have no electricity and have no immediate hope of being connected to the national grid.”

Source: The Nation

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